Seasiders struggle down the stretch

Safia Sheikh hits a 3-pointer to end the third quarter.
Safia Sheikh hits a 3-pointer to end the third quarter.

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii dropped a closely contested 56-70 game to Hawaii Pacific Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.

"We competed really well, but unfortunately we were unable to do the little things well enough to win," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said.  "Missing key rebounds and giving up key turnovers came back to hurt us. [Hawaii Pacific] is a real good team and they did a great job of attacking the rim on us."

Safia Sheikh was the top scorer of the night with 23 points, including five 3-pointers for the Seasiders (8-13, 5-10 PacWest). Marian Sheikh contributed 10 points and two steals, while Kristin Baldwin led with 12 rebounds.

Breanna Mackenzie carried the Sharks (16-4, 13-2 PacWest) to victory with 16 points, shooting 11 for 11 from the free-throw line. Cece Pearl finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds and three other Sharks ended with double digits.

Hawaii Pacific shot 37.5 percent from the field, holding BYU-Hawaii to 27.9 percent, but the Seasiders hit 32 percent from behind the arc to the Sharks' 22.2 percent. Hawaii Pacific outrebounded the Seasiders 47-41.

  • Brianne Yasukochi put the first five points on the board as she helped the Sharks build a 7-0 advantage with 8:30 left in the first quarter.
  • Maia Jean Watene hit a 3-pointer to spark the Seasiders offense and S. Sheikh added to more to end the first period on a 9-0 run and take a 13-11 lead.
  • Mackenzie hit a 3-pointer followed by Gabriella Fotu's free throw to help Hawaii Pacific tie the game 21-21 with 2:47 before the break.
  • The teams alternated baskets until a buzzer-beating jump shot by the Sharks' Jessi Reeves sent the teams into the half tied at 28.
  • Hawaii Pacific went on a 6-point streak to gain a 38-33 edge with six minutes in the third quarter.
  • After S. Sheikh's 3-pointer at the end of the third closed the gap to 42-41, the Sharks answered with an 8-1 run featuring three consecutive jumpers from Pearl to pull ahead 50-42 with 6:55 to play.
  • Eight consecutive free throws allowed Hawaii Pacific to hold their lead down the line.

BYU-Hawaii will head to the Big Island to face Hawaii Hilo Saturday at 5 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online. 

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